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8 things to know before starting solid foods

Self-feeding is a good thing

Self-feeding is an important way to help your baby develop essential skills.

Although you may dread another mess to clean up, it will be important that you indulge your baby’s impulse to take (some) control over his or her eating. Your baby will best learn to feed him or herself by self-feeding with your support as needed. You can start this process by offering easily dissolved foods that your child can hold, like soft crackers or teething biscuits. The next step is … you guessed it! A spoon! As babies gain more independence with feeding, they will learn to regulate food consumption, in addition to learning how to feed themselves.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

References

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Infant Food and Feeding.
  2. Castle JL and Jacobsen MT. Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School. Jossey-Bass/Wiley. 2013.

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